Community Resources

Help for Individual Oklahomans

RX for Oklahoma

Rx for Oklahoma helps Oklahomans access free and discounted medications provided by pharmaceutical manufacture sponsored prescription assistance programs. Oklahoma residents, regardless of age, who are uninsured or underinsured, are encouraged to apply.

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The purpose of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to reduce energy costs for low-income families, particularly for the elderly, people with disabilities, and children, by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety.

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Green Job Training & Employment Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Oklahoma two major green-job grants (OK Green $6M and OK Greenovation $5M) to train and employ workers in emerging industries such as energy efficiency and renewable energy. The goal is to train more than 5,000 workers for jobs that pay above the state’s per capita income.

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For job seekers and employers, the right match begins with the right resume.

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State Energy Office

The Oklahoma State Energy Office champions the cause of energy efficiency on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy. The office serves as a convener of ideas, organizations, business and private citizens to practice and identify new ways to use our energy resources wisely to power our homes, businesses, and transportation.

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The Community Expansion of Nutrition Assistance (CENA) Program provides funding for the general improvement of nutritional conditions at eligible senior centers that will: increase meals served and expand other needed services for senior residents of Oklahoma. Funds are awarded to Councils of Government and Area Agencies on Aging by formula for distribution to eligible senior centers in the state.

Oklahoma Head Start

This program provides state funding to Community Action Agencies that administer or sponsor federal Head Start programs.

Head Start provides comprehensive programs addressing health, education, parent involvement, social services and services for children with disabilities, all of which are coordinated with community-based service systems. These child-focused programs have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in economically disadvantaged families.

Oklahoma is one of the few states to provide additional state funds to federally funded Head Start agencies. State funds enhance the federal program by expanding services, increasing enrollment, and/or activating early intervention strategies via the agencies’ programs.

Homeless Assistance

The Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) program is a component of the State’s plan to end Homelessness designed to alleviate homelessness in Oklahoma. ESG funds are awarded to nonprofits throughout the State who provide services to enable homeless individuals and families to move toward independent living by providing assistance such as financial assistance to maintain housing (rental, utility or deposit assistance), emergency shelter, supportive services, and housing assistance. ESG funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) on an annual basis.

Community Services Block Grants

Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) program funds are contracted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) to reduce poverty, revitalize low-income communities and empower low-income individuals and families to become self-sufficient. The state’s 19 Community Action Agencies (CAAs) provides a range of assistance from immediate emergency needs to comprehensive social and economic needs.

LIHEAP (Low-income Home Energy Assistance Program)

The mission of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is to assist low income households, particularly those with the lowest incomes that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy, primarily in meeting their immediate home energy needs.

The LIHEAP program is administered by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services (OKDHS) and is federally funded. OKDHS annually designates 9% of its annual appropriation to weatherize low-income households via the Oklahoma Weatherization Assistance Program administered by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

ECAF (Energy Conservation Assistance Fund)

The Oklahoma Energy Conservation Assistance Fund (ECAF) provides energy conservation grants to qualifying low-income homeowners. Grants pay for insulation, weatherization and other methods of improving energy efficiency for both winter and summer weather.

This fund saves lives by helping our poorest families survive the heat. Contributors may deduct 50 percent of their donations from their income taxes. More information can be obtained by calling 1-800-879-6552 – extension 5359.